Chasers Sold to New Owners and Becomes Pub Rock, A Music Venue With an In-House Radio Broadcasting Studio

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Benjamin Leatherman
The former Chasers in Scottsdale, which is now known as Pub Rock.
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Some heavy-duty changes have been taking place behind the scenes at longtime local music venue Chasers over the past week. The dive-like Scottsdale rock bar, which has hosted big concerts and local shows for close to 20 years, has been sold to new owners, rechristened with a new name, and is in the midst of major makeover.

Now known as Pub Rock, it will continue to be an epicenter of live music, albeit with a whole new look and some interesting additions. Namely, its new owners are building a broadcasting booth in one corner of the venue booth for use by local radio stations, including KUKQ.

The transformation from Chasers into its new identity began last Tuesday when former proprietor Jason Olson sold the bar and music venue to EPI Industries, a Glendale-based event production firm.

Olson told New Times that Chasers has been up for sale for a few months, owing to the fact he's been wanting to change careers and move on with his life.

"I sounds cliché, but its just really that time in my life," Olson says. "There's many reasons, some personal and mostly professional. Me wanting to move on is the biggest one."

EPI Industries, which has helped put on KUPD's annual U-Fest and other big-name outdoor concerts and events around the Valley is owned by Jeff Stotler, who has spent countless hours overseeing a flurry of renovations at what's now known as Pub Rock. Different stage lighting and a new soundboard in currently being installed, an improved stage is in the works, and the bar's office will soon become a better green room for visiting musicians.

Stotler's also been busy coordinating with Nancy Stevens, an events coordinator at Sandusky Radio (the parent company of KUPD) and program director at online radio station KUKQ, to help handle booking bands at the music venue.

According to Stevens, Stotler plans to keep things pretty much the same at the rock bar venue, save for the new name and the cosmetic upgrades. (Fans of the University of Nebraska's football fans will be pleased to learn that they can still check out college's games in the weeks ahead at the renowned Huskers bar.)

"The immediate changes are just basically cleaning up the place a little bit, fixing the stage, and making things better," she says.

After all, she says, the venue has a somewhat epic history as a local music venue dating back to the early 1990s.

Back in those days it was originally known as Atomic Cafe, a haven for industrial music and harder rock sounds, before being sold to Olson in 1998 and reopened as Chasers. Over the past 14 years, the venue has featured a variety of metal, rockabilly, punk, and hip-hop acts.

"And we don't want to change that," Stevens says, adding that they plan on honoring the venue's lengthy live music legacy. That includes all the upcoming shows that were previously booked at Chasers by Olson.

"He has some great shows on the books and they're going to stay on the books" she says. "We want local bands in here, we want to create cool nights, we want to hatch some pretty cool little ideas that I don't want to reveal yet. And it will all be music-related."


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8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

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mintytoothpick
mintytoothpick

This bar is terrible! I went here for the A Silent Film concert (which was awesome), but the bartenders are incredibly rude and they cheat you out of money. I only had one beer ($5) and they charged me for two ($10). When I tried to dispute it, they told me they "saw" me have two. Defeated, I signed the receipt, but when I got home, I saw that they charged me for FIVE beers ($25!). They now refuse to help me with my bill or refund my money. Unless you want to be stolen from, DO NOT go to this bar.

bizworldusa
bizworldusa

Most clubs in town have the band play FOUR 45 minutes sets with a 15 minute break in between each set,You don't get to say just because people are there you deserve more money..

 

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fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Will the horrible pay for musicians continue?  Fans of live music - ask how much the musicians are getting paid when you go to these shows.  If they're getting less than $100.00 a person, they're earning LESS than minimum wage!!!  THey may be on the stage for 4 hours, but don't forget the hour to set up, the hour to break down, the hour to drive to and from the venue and the 2-3 hours rehearsing for the show.  That's not including the time spent flyering and putting info up on live music sites. 

If the musicians are getting less than $100.00 a person for four hour shows, you can pretty much guarantee that the Clubowner is basically abusing the music community in Arizona and should not be patronized. 

If the bar owner tries to say they don't make enough money to the pay the bands what they deserve, count the number of patrons in the bar and multiply by $20.00 (the amount the "average person" will spend in  a bar). 

Bars are making money off live peformance, radio djs and station owners are making money off musicians work, but the musicians get the short stick.  We as fans should NOT be contributing those those clubs which are ripping off the musicians.  Ask how much the musicians are getting paid until you get an answer and if it's less than $100.00 WALK OUT!!!!

 

 

donanzalone
donanzalone

 @fairymagic13 Um, avg set time is 45 mins. That's what you get paid for. You don't get paid to practice, you don't get paid to wait for your turn to play. You don't get paid for setting up your equipment. You're probably playing with a well known local band or national act and should be happy to just play the show and get your name out there. A friend once said  "punk rock don't pay the bills"  Regardless of that, it's your job as the band to work out payment. If you want $100 a person then say you want $100 a person. Good luck with that if you can't make up that cost with ticket sales(which you probably wont). People are going to go to the bar no matter what. You don't get to say just because people are there you deserve more money. The venue deserves more money because they were nice enough to let you play there. By all means walk out but it's better to be paid something then nothing.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @donanzalone Um, I didn't say pay to practice, I said we have to REHEARSE the specific show we're playing.  I know you want to nickle and dime your bands but hey, whatever - that's why fans should boycott venues that don't pay their employees (musicians) more than minimum wage.  The fans LOVE the music - the club owners, eh not so much.  Oh sure they like the liquor sales the bands bring with them but ask them for a raise cause you brought 50 people with the band and the average bar owner will look at you and laugh.  Does a bartender get paid for setting up the bar prior to her shift?  How about the cook the preps the food to be cooked?  You pay them right?   I'm not asking musicians to walk out of their work, I'm asking fans of the musicians to ask what the band is getting paid and if they're not getting paid at least $100.00 per person for a 4 hour show, walk out, tweet your disgust with the club and cause as much trouble for that drug den as possible.

 

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @RealMuzzzik  @donanzalone  I've been performing regularly since 1989.  The music business has indeed changed.  When I started, and for 30 -40 years prior.  The clubs in town played one band for four hours on a regular basis with each person getting $100 - $150 each in a 4-5 piece band.  This changed with the Punk Rock era and the lack of interest in getting into clubs regardless of what money was being paid.  It was an unfortunate cost of the price of free speech I guess. 

 

You might want to brag about your prowess at booking clubs today, but you weren't around in the 1960, 70s, and 80s when the club scene in this town was built.  Your statement "To be a great artists, you play music to play music, not to get paid . . . " is about the exact sentiment which ruined this music scene back in the 1990s.  People chose a career - in music, one goes to school and gets an education (or spends a WHOLE lot more time self-teaching themselves), they put in as much effort, time and sweat as any other career person.  Musician should be compensated so that they can make a living at it.  $30-60,000 a year depending on experience and talent.  Right now, it's hard to make $20,000, less than the poverty rate.  If it were up to the musicians out there trying to make a buck, your system would be immediately shit-canned and we'd go back to the system that worked well from 1960s to the 1980s. 

 

Club owners are making money hand over fist.  The average drop per customer is $20.00.  All you have to do is count the number of patrons, multiply by $20.00 (adding on any cover) and that's the gross the club received for the night.  It's a pretty accurate estimate.  If they're selling less than $20.00 per customer, their bartenders suck.

 

RealMuzzzik
RealMuzzzik

 @donanzalone  @fairymagic13

 In case you read this later, I promote shows in AZ, from Tempe to Tuscon up to Flagstaff. Weekday shows typically book one band for 3-4 hours with breaks, but it is usually a restaurant with a stage and a gaurantee. A real venue books shows, with this we book multiple bands with 45 minute sets. If you expect to get paid every show,  Go play at a park and put your hat on the ground... I takes more than playing music to get paid. If your friends/fans come in and mention your bands name you get a check mark, if you have enough check marks to cover the overhead or compete with other artist, you get paid.

I only gaurantee payment to touring bands and nationals that can always draw a crowd, otherwise, I pay what we make. I dont screw bands and I they always come back for future shows, why? because its fair.

 

This is a stupid argument. To be a great artist, you play music to play music, not to get paid.. that comes with hard work and time. Its better than what they use to do, pay to play.    

donanzalone
donanzalone

 @fairymagic13 no most clubs have 4 bands that play 1 45 min set and then you have 15 mins to pack the fuck up and move on. I'm assuming you're some shitty cover band if you are playing for 4 hours. No club in town even does that... I do support local music. In fact, I go to a local show every night almost. What you're saying and doing is just plain stupid. It's very obvious that you don't even have a band and are just complaining.Once you have a band and have actually played a show for 4 hours with 45 mins sets it still wouldnt matter because CLUBS DONT PAY YOU FOR 4 HOURS AND YOU WONT BE PLAYING FOR MORE THAN 45 MINS.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

 @donanzalone Donanzalone - please support the local live music scene and stop dissing the bands.  We have great bands here in Phoenix and just because you don't get "discovered" doesn't mean any band's music is good enough or not.  I don't depend on record company executives to pick my music for me.  I'm sorry for you that you do.  BTW - you keep saying we only play 45 minutes.  No, you're wrong.  Most clubs in town have the band play FOUR 45 minutes sets with a 15 minute break in between each set.  Those breaks are essential as we musicians sweat a lot and need to take a break.  It's very difficult to concentrate like we do when we're playing.  Although many times, if the crowd is into it, we play as long as they keep dancing.  Thank you for saying I am a moron and retarded.  I hope you are well taken care of when it comes to the end of your life.  Again, I urge you to support the local music scene and stop trying to be the "fly in the ointment" when it comes to improving our music scene.

 

donanzalone
donanzalone

 @fairymagic13 also you want your fans to leave your show. that's the most retarded thing i've ever read. good luck with that. make sure you tell everyone you know you arent getting paid and to not show up. that's AMAZING tactics. you're a moron. honestly. just give up and go work somewhere instead of suckling mommies teet.

donanzalone
donanzalone

 @fairymagic13 first of all. I own no club. i promote no shows. I do not care what you think you should be paid. Bottom line is you shouldnt be paid for 4 hours. you play for 45 mins. no one gives a shit if you practice/rehearse for a show. you probably suck really bad if you're complaining about being paid. Which makes sense if you suck and arent getting paid. the fans, the ones you're so adamant about, are not there to see you, other than you're random friends you post to facebook for, want to see the headliner and paid the cover to do so. They do not give a shit if your shitty band is playing(unless they are your friends, then more power to them walking out because they are hipsters im sure and bring shit to shows) or not. Welcome to the music scene. Unless you are blowing up and are the next gin blossoms or authority zero or what laura says, then no one cares. Play your music and be happy you're getting paid at all. You're ignorance is hilarious. Good luck with your shitty band that cant get paid.

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